Craig – Are you a Southern California native?
Chip – Yes, I was born in Hollywood and raised in Santa Barbara.
Craig – How did you come to work at Patagonia?
Chip – I had just finished a ten-year tour with the Pro Frisbee® Freestyle circuit and was looking for a job. I heard that Patagonia was hiring, so I applied and they hired me. I was super stoked to find out that the company provided benefits because I was newly married with a baby on the way.
[Above, pictured from left to right – Bud Light Pro Frisbee® Disc team members, Crazy John Brooks, Chipper Bro Bell and Danny Sullivan (with leg warmers), acknowledge the crowd before the start of the 1987 U.S. Open Championship. La Mirada, California. Photo: Scott Starr Collection]
Craig – You are an 11-time World Frisbee Freestyle Champion. How did you get involved in the sport?
Chip – Frisbee Freestyle was considered a cool, alternative sport in the late ‘70s. I started playing with friends in Santa Barbara, which was the mecca for Freestyle enthusiasts. Eventually my passion became a livelihood and I traveled all over the world with my team. We were world champions for over ten years. This is my thirty-third year as a pro.
[Chip takes a break between lessons at Solimar Beach. Ventura, California. Photo: Michelle Stevens]
Today also happens to be a milestone birthday for Bro. Please join us in wishing Chipper a big happy birthday!